Seniors Emily Cotten, Lowell Oakley are Triangle Rising Star Award finalists; 'Urinetown' production up for Best Musical
The stars have shone brightly on the Kenan Auditorium stage, and the Triangle Rising Star Awards program
has once again taken notice. Durham Academy seniors Emily Cotten and Lowell Oakley have been selected as finalists for the Best Actor/Actress categories of the Durham Performing Arts Center-sponsored program, and the school's production of Urinetown
has been selected as one of four finalists for Best Musical.
Cotten, who portrayed Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, and Oakley, who portrayed Bobby Strong, are among 10 actresses and 10 actors chosen from those who performed in school musicals around the Triangle. A record pool of 52 student performers entered the competition.
"Our judging panel was truly astounded by the talent coming out of our Triangle area schools this year," read an email from the Triangle Rising Star Awards panel to DA drama director James Bohanek.
The 20 finalists will all perform in a showcase event at the DPAC on Monday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. The event also serves as an awards show, with honors given for Best Musical and Best Ensemble Ensemble, in addition to the individual acting awards.
The show is the culmination of a four-month audition period in which representatives of the judging panel attended musicals around the Triangle, reviewed DVDs from the performances and evaluated in-person auditions. The Best Actor and Best Actress winners will be offered the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and will earn $1,000 academic scholarships.
DA's production of Oklahoma!
won Best Ensemble at the 2013 Rising Star Awards
, and students Elizabeth Eason '13 an Alex Flores-Burgess '14 were finalists for the acting awards.